Short for malfunctioning, being “in mal” is the futuristic equivalent of using drugs to get high. People who have feeds implanted can visit “mal websites” and download a software that makes their feeds malfunction in a way that is pleasurable. When people are “in mal,” they start to shudder, stumble and even hallucinate.
Mal Quotes in Feed
The Feed quotes below are all either spoken by Mal or refer to Mal. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.).
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You are such a shithead. You don't know what happened to me this morning. And the news. Titus—this morning . . I can't believe in the middle of all this, you went and got malfunctioned. You are such an asshole and a shithead.
Mal Term Timeline in Feed
The timeline below shows where the term Mal appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...and Titus come down from the attic, passing people making out and other people “in mal.” Downstairs, they find Link and other friends playing spin the bottle. Quendy spins, and the... (full context)
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